Thomas Built Buses redesigns EF cockpit

With an eye to the driver's experience, Thomas Built Buses has redesigned its Type D engine forward (EF) cockpit. The result is an updated look and improved function, with an array of updates to be incorporated in Saf-T-Liner EF models available in spring 2010. Among the updates are:

  • A redesigned engine cover allows belts and fluid levels to be checked without removing the cover and creates a roomier passenger entry. Engine access requires no tools.

  • Optimized driver's seat placement and dash size creates more knee room and enhances driver comfort.

  • The left side dash, previously metal, now is made of integrated plastic, with interchangeable plates to accommodate various switch requirements.

  • Switches and options are grouped by function. Air-conditioning, defroster, and driver's air and heater switches have been consolidated to the left of the driver. Passenger loading functions have been grouped to the right.

  • The radio has been moved from overhead to the dash.

Along with cockpit updates, Thomas Built improved electrical system functionality in the 2010 Saf-T-Liner EF and HDX models to enhance overall reliability, diagnostic capability, and packaging. At first glance, customers will see the streamlined and strategic routing of updated wire and harness packages.

Visit www.thomasbus.com for further details.

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